One exercise for the elderly to boost immunity, stay fit – Know how to perform Spinal Cord Breathing | #elderly | #seniors | #execrise
One exercise for the elderly to boost immunity, stay fit – Know how to perform Spinal Cord Breathing  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- The coronavirus pandemic has forced all of us to stay home, and the elderly are most restricted as they fall in high-risk category
- Exercise plays an important role in boosting immunity and helping us stay fit, even when it is older people
- Here is a simple, breathing exercise that the elderly can do easily, that will help them feel relaxed, and boost immunity
New Delhi: As all of us stay home during the coronavirus pandemic and gymnasiums and fitness centres continue to stay closed, it is important to pay attention to our weight and fitness levels. Exercise plays an important role in keeping us healthy, and also in boosting our immunity. Exercise can also act as a stress buster, and relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety.
While younger people are still going out to run errands, the elderly, especially those above the age of 60, have been asked to stay home, avoid visitors, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly, to keep the risk of coronavirus at bay. We often associate exercise with high-intensity workouts, and those cannot be performed by the elderly. Here is one exercise that the elderly can include in their routine to boost immunity, and stay fit.
One exercise for the elderly to boost immunity, stay fit
This exercise can be done while sitting, which means anyone can do it, even when they have a bone problem or existing health conditions. This exercise will help to boost the immune system, which is the body’s first line of defence against any pathogens or diseases. The exercise also helps to boost the respiratory system, which acts as a link between the interior body, and the exterior environment.
Spinal Cord Breathing Exercise
This exercise helps your nervous system to switch from ‘stress-mode’ to relaxation mode. It opens up your chest muscles, helping you breathe better.
Steps to perform Spinal Cord Breathing Exercise
Here is how you can perform the Spinal Cord Breathing Exercise
- Sit comfortably in your chair. Breathe in and out normally, three times.
- Now, lift your hands, bent at the elbow and place them near your shoulders, in air.
- While taking a deep breath, bend slightly backwards, and roll your shoulders to take your arms backwards with you.
- Hold for a second or two.
- While breathing out, roll your shoulders anti-clockwise, and bring your body forward.
- Bring both arms close to join them in front of your head, while you bury your chin into your chest.
- Take your arms and body backwards again, and repeat the exercise 8-10 times.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.